Microsoft Holds Inaugural YouthSpark Master Class in Singapore

In October 2012, Microsoft Citizenship launched its inaugural YouthSpark Master Class, an initiative focused on empowering the next generation of change makers to realize their potential. A Master Class is all about learning from the best, but also about sharing experiences and taking those insights and applying it to our own endeavours. This Master Class programme is…

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Nonprofits and Social Media: Before You Get Started, Get Organized!

This article was written by Heather Mansfield, founder of Nonprofit Tech 2.0 (Bio) (LinkedIn), author of Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits and owner of DIOSA Communications. Many nonprofits rush into creating profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites without understanding that some of the decisions made during…

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Technology Training for Disadvantaged Children in Sri Lanka

On 13 October, Microsoft Sri Lanka organised a Volunteer Day at the SOS Children’s Village Piliyandala, situated on the outskirts of the city of Piliyandala in Kesbewa, about 20 kilometres from the capital of Colombo. SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka support children who have lost the care of their biological families as well as those who…

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Harnessing the Power of Technology at the Asia Pacific Tech4Good Summit 2012

Microsoft hosted three of New Zealand’s leading nonprofit organisations at its second annual Asia Pacific Tech4Good Summit, held on 22-23 May in Bintan, Indonesia. The aim of the Summit is to harness the power of technology to support nonprofit groups to achieve transformational change both within their organisations and in the way they deliver services…

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Japan Taps Technology to Empower Women and Advance Gender Equality

Microsoft is committed to the use of technology to address gender inequality, as highlighted by a recent Memorandum of Understanding signed with UN Women inJuly to strengthen efforts to drive social and economic transformation for women around the world. The commitment is being put into practice even in developed countries such as Japan, where Microsoft…

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Driving the Pursuit of Ideas among Emerging Technology Entrepreneurs

Four years ago, the Imagine Cup provided Edward Hooper with the opportunity to test his mettle against other young innovators around the world. By leading his team to victory at the world’s premier student technology competition in 2008, Ed gained invaluable experience in the use of technology to address some of the most pressing global…

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Fostering Effective Volunteer Engagement with Enhanced Web Presence

During Microsoft’s 2012 Asia Pacific Tech4Good Summit, held in Indonesia, Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled from Singapore shared with the participants how a recent upgrade conducted on its website helped create greater awareness of its activities. One of the first purpose-built residential homes for people with intellectual disabilities in Singapore, Bishan Home collaborated with…

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New Technology Partnership to Help Malaysian Youth Realise their Potential

Microsoft Malaysia recently launched “The Spark of Transformation”, a collaborative partnership with the Malaysian government to empower local youth to realise their full potential by connecting them with greater education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. These new initiatives, launched in collaboration with Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), are aimed at closing the digital divide in Malaysia, as…

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Empowering Underprivileged Indonesians through Computer Skills Training

Youth development is a key commitment shared by Microsoft and its nonprofit partners in Indonesia, especially in providing more education and computer skills training opportunities for underprivileged youth in the country. YCAB Foundation is one such nonprofit organisation in Indonesia — YCAB is the abbreviation for “Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa”, which translates to “loving the…

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